Article VII: Parental Responsibility

27-7-1 DEFINITIONS. Fro the purpose of this Article, the following definitions shall apply:
“ACTS OF VANDALISM AND SIMILAR OFFENSES.” shall include any of the following acts:
(A) Maliciously, recklessly, negligently, or knowingly damaging or destroying or defacing any property within the Village, whether such property is owned by the State, County, or governmental body or owned by any private person, firm, partnership, or association; or
(B) Maliciously, recklessly, or knowingly, by means of fire or explosive device, damaging, debasing, or destroying any property of another person; or
(C) Maliciously, recklessly, negligently or knowingly starting a fire on land of another person without his consent; or
(D) Maliciously, recklessly, negligently or knowingly depositing on the land or in the building of another person, without his consent any stink bomb or any offensive smelling compound and thereby interfering with the use and occupancy by another of the land or building; or
(E) Maliciously, recklessly, or knowingly, and without authority, entering into or obtaining control over any building, house trailer, motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft or any part thereof, of another person without his consent.
“LEGAL GUARDIAN” shall include a foster parent, a person appointed guardian of a person or given custody of a minor by a Circuit Court of this State, but does not include a person appointed guardian only to the estate of a minor, or appointed guardian, or given custody of a minor under the Illinois Juvenile Court Act.
“MINOR” shall include a person who is above the age of 11 years, but not yet 18 years of age.
“PARENT” shall include the lawful father and mother of a minor child whether by birth or adoption.
“PROPERTY” shall include any real estate including improvements thereon, and tangible personal property.

27-7-2 PARENTS AND GUARDIANS RESPONSIBLE FOR ACTS. The parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor residing with such parent or legal guardian shall be presumed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary to have failed to exercise proper parental responsibility and said minor shall be deemed to have committed the acts described above with the knowledge and permission of the parent or guardian, in violation of this Article, upon the occurrence of the events described in (A), (B), and (C) below:
(A) An unemancipated minor residing with said parent or legal guardian shall either be adjudicated to be in violation of any ordinance, law, or statute prohibiting willful and malicious acts causing injury to a person or property, or shall have incurred non-judicial sanctions from another official agency resulting from an admission of guilt of a violation of any ordinance, law, or statute prohibiting willful and malicious acts causing injury to a person or property; ad
(B) Said parent or legal guardian shall have received a written notice thereof, either by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, or by person service, with a certificate of personal service returned from the Village, following said adjudication or non-judicial sanctions; and
(C) If, at any time within one year following receipt of notice set forth in paragraph (B) above, said minor is either adjudicated to be in violation of any ordinance, law or statute as described in (A) above, or shall have incurred non-judicial sanctions from another official agency resulting from an admission of guilt of violation of any ordinance, law or statute as described in (A) above.

Last Update: October 04, 2018